23 October, 2017

CBK Drops Bombshell, Says No Need For War Crimes Probe

Sri Lanka’s reconciliation efforts appeared to face more setbacks, with former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga dropping a bombshell and ruling out the involvement of courts to probe war crimes committing during the final stages of the war in 2009.

Chandrika

Kumaratunga, who is also the head of the Office for the National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) said that what is urgent now is to bring in a new Constitution and to establish the Office of the Missing Persons, and therefore due to these initiatives there won’t be a necessity to have courts to probe war crimes.

She made this statement in an interview published in the Daily Mirror today while answering to a question about the present position with regard to the government entrusting her with building national reconciliation. “It is successfully carried out, in the face of opposition and a handful of extremists, activities are continuing with the blessings of the majority. Reconciliation means a lengthy activity. What is urgent now is to bring in a new Constitution and then comes the establishment of the Office of the Missing Persons. With these in place, there would not be any necessity to have courts to probe war crimes.”

She also criticized the recent report released by Attorney At Law Manori Muththettuwegama which reportedly stated that foreign judges must be included to probe the issues during the final stages of the war. “They have no right to comment in that manner. The committee was entrusted to obtain the views of the public and submit its report to the government. That was the responsibility of the committee. Their own ideas too had been incorporated in the report,” Kumaratunga said.

Last year, the government appointed a 11 member Special Task Force consisting of representatives of civil organizations to get the views of the public on the Geneva Human Rights proposal. The task force was headed by Muththettuwegama. The Task Force was tasked to work under two phases. Under the first Phase, views was obtained through all languages using websites. Then the task force met with the public to obtain their views in the second phase. The views were obtained from children, members of the security forces and the public who suffered from the war.

The former President however heavily praised incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena in her interview saying he has good knowledge, he reads well, explains well and is also a good listener.

The office headed by Kumaratunga is mandated to lead, facilitate and support initiatives related to national unity and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. The ONUR mandate broadly covers the 8 focus areas we have listed in our website and all initiatives related to Accountability mechanisms are coordinated by Justice Ministry and Foreign Ministry in consultation with the offices of His Excellency the President and Hon. Prime Minister. The ONUR will be assisting if any request for assistance is made in such initiative from the respective ministries.

The coalition government has been giving out varying views over the involvement of foreign judges to probe war crimes. In February last year, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera contradicted a statement by President Sirisena and said that international participation was necessary in bringing justice to the victims of war crimes. “What the President has expressed is his own opinion, and in Sri Lanka there are various thoughts on how this matter should be handled,” Samaraweera said, when questioned on Sirisena’s rejection of an international investigation to probe alleged war crimes committed during the final stages of the war against the LTTE during a Q & A session at US Institute of Peace, Washington DC.

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    Aaaah. . The TRUMP effect!!

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      Sri Lanka thinks Trump has no spine and they can walk all over him unlike Obama…

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        Sri Lankan civil society and international community that gives them instructions which they follow slavishly have got it all wrong!

        Sri Lanka needs a CORRUPTION Financial Crimes Special Courts and investigation FIRST, then a new Constitution, and then war crimes trial. War crimes trial is the most controversial.

        The point is to SEQUENCE this properly taking into account the dirty politics and politicians that incite racism with hate speech in SL that Ranil, Sira and Mahinda Jarapassa and CBK play.

        But international community turns a blind eye on CORRUPTION and Financial Crimes and lack of economic justice because IMF is in the business of putting countries into a DEBT TRAP to stay in business.
        But the easiest sequence given hyper nationalism of the Modayas of Sri Lanka is:
        1) first a Financial Crimes Probe and putting Mahinda Jarapassa family and cronies behind Bars. They looted the country while distracting the people with hate speech after the war ended,

        2) then introduce the new constitution
        3) last but most important, war Crimes probe. This will end impunity and impunity for war crimes and financial crimes of corrupt politicians of all parties who cover up their financial crimes and looting of the people with Hate Speech against minorities.. Distract, Divide and Rule has been the Motto of SLFP and UNP leaders ever since independence with a very few exceptions.

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      The cardinal principle for establishment of peace and reconciliation is justice and truth. When she says that bringing in a new constitution and establishing an office for missing persons will achieve this, she is not stating the correct position. The new constitution to be enacted will never deliver justice to Tamils and office for missing persons will never find out the truth of disappearance of Tamils. Already due to Sinhala pressure, government is back tracking on basic features necessary to grant justice to Tamils in terms of sharing of power and territory. By deviating the responsibility to punish Sinhala wrongdoers to simply a covering up mission by a toothless organisation will not expose the truth. Tamil people want to live with decent Sinhalese like Manouri Muttetuwegama and not a turn coat like Chandrika. Poor Neelan trusted her and GL Peiris and lost his life.

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      THE bogus era of Human right (that political tool) died with the obama era. One of the greatest killing regimes that even out performed Bush (when it came to civilian deaths of the drone war programme) not to mention what they did in Syria and Libya. Today most of these so called human rights activist saw the changing wind and left the boat to find more lucrative jobs.

      They blamed all crimes on the Rajapaksehs only. They said it came from the very top, now it’s been a few years since they have gone still we see some bogus reports, who are they blaming now?

      Just like a former BBC Journalist (That notorious Mouthpiece)who was the Iran correspondent, demonized that nation, system and even the people. Later the same western nations became very close friend with the same nation and political system. The New Echo chambers of the west now praise that same nation.

      Remember when the CH4 crew came here for CHOMG.. they said they were followed by state security, years later it was revealed they pointed the camera to one of their hired drivers and his rented car and said state security.

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      Srilankans should decide if they want reconciliation or war crimes investigation. One defeats the other.

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    Baddagne Sunil, Kumar Ponnambalam moment?
    He He He….
    Anti got a epiphany!

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      THis means not that Rajapaksehs and their crimes heaped inthe aftermath of the war to be negleigible.

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    Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga

    ” ..said that what is urgent now is to bring in a new Constitution and to establish the Office of the Missing Persons, and therefore due to these initiatives there won’t be a necessity to have courts to probe war crimes.”

    What you are saying is yes, war crimes were committed by both SL Army and the LTTE, and these are all water under the bridge, exemplified by the Missing Persons, who were the victims of the war criminals, and move on.

    The question is, will there be any punishment for the War Criminals at all?

    We all know the War Criminals George Bush and Tony Blair were not punished as well.

    Now Mahinda Rajapaksa and Cronies killed and Stole as well during theur 10 year regime. Are you saying that is also under the bridge and move on?

    Mahinda and cronies have a few Billion dollars between them, All Stolen, and a few skeletons as well, buried or burned in the South.

    Do you think that this is acceptable to Para-Tamils and Para-Sinhala, whose average IQ is 79?

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    “What is urgent now is to bring in a new Constitution and then comes the establishment of the Office of the Missing Persons. With these in place, there would not be any necessity to have courts to probe war crimes.”

    Really???!!! Am I missing something in this ‘logic’?

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      Amerisiri,

      No, the logic is that new constitution that, among other things, enables a settlement of long standing ethnic problem, that may pave way for reconciliation and other desirable things. JO and extremists are trying to torpedo the new constitution and this way there is a carrot and stick to them.

      One school of thought is to investigate the war crimes committed by both parties and make their followers know the extent of the atrocities committed and thereby feel repentant. This approach may bring all ethnicities closer and less confrontational. But the “father of racism” considers his coming back to power is more important as he got many things remain unfinished.

      Finding a settlement that eluded the minority will clear the hurdle to may avenues including reconciliation, peace and harmony. This way the majority community also will feel that fears and myths created by extremists about separation and so on are lies.

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    How nice, does she want to lead the SLFP in place of MR?

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    The report of the Special Task Force headed by Ms. Manori Muthttuwegama submitted it in conformity with the views and comments expressed by the members of the public who were interviewed. That’s all.
    Now CBK is finding fault with Ms. Manori Muthththuwegama for doing just that. It is typical of this woman. She is just like her late father who changed his views abruptly from day to day.
    No one would be surprised if she announces that she will join the JO next and support MaRa to stage a come back as PM.

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    My Dear Mrs.CBK
    I think it is high time you retired gracefully from active politics, other engagements and enjoy the last few years of your old age with the grand kids or at a ‘Aaranya Senasanaya’ accumulating merits (kusala kamma) for the next life. Please don’t take this comment as an insult. This is from someone who knows a lot about and care about people like you.
    Although you were born to a well respected and a powerful family, you have suffered enough to realize that ‘all that shines isn’t gold’. Is it really worth going through life without a moment of peace, happiness and equanimity at all. The cause is, ‘Kama Thanha, Bhawa Thanha & Vibhava Thanha’, the enlightened one preached. Take your one time friend Mahinda Jarapassa & the entire Jarapassa familiy for instance. He’s got his ‘Ditta Damma Vedaneeya Karma’ following him like his shadow and there is no escape from that. So are the so called fake ‘Ran Wiruwo’. You can not change another persons karma or even make the understand what is ‘Samma or Mithya’. Leave all this rubbish to the unskilful humans. The worst mistake you made after appointing MR as the PM in the past is appointing MY as the common candidate. Leave now before it’s too late. ‘Appamado Amathapadam’ Metta!

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    Many atrocities against Tamils, happened during CBK’s time.
    She also has a long record of corruption.
    She does not want all these revealed.

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    Yes…………… She can lead the SLFP minus its grassroot supporters and Mahinda can takeover the GL party.
    Wiggie can takeover the AAva

    Sunanda the free media movement.
    Invite westernised marxist from Ireland to takeover the JVP.

    War Crimes? Everybody in the world is a war criminal in thought, word and deed.
    Let S.J.Emmanuels & Rayappu confer a sainthood for Prabakaran

    Everyhting will be ok. lets move on.

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    This is why foreign judges would be needed. I don’t blame her – a thief doesn’t expose another thief. Practically, all those from present and past administration won’t be able to do it simply because everyone’s hands is soiled.

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    Has CBK now realized that there were no war crimes committed by Sri Lanken armed forces?

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      Yes Jayasinghe. This happens to people who have an attack of pseudo-enlightenment!

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    War crimes was the IDea of Those LTTE – Brigadiers who escaped the final slaughter and now living in Europe. Trump fired all those pursuing it. That was Maithripala sirisena’s work.

    Now, CBK wants some thing else to make happy BTF in London.

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      CBK is employed by the BBS terrorists.

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    CBK is laying the foundation for her son Vimukthi to build his political career!

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    LOL :D
    Start the stopwatches, let’s see how quickly she goes from newfound hero of We Thamizh back to zero :D

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    This comment proves that CBK is in her dotage! People like me still have some respect for her because she has always shown that she genuinely wants to unite Sri Lanka by adopting a non-racist attitude herself. After all she has lost an eye and is still genuinely non-racist.

    However, how can she now take this attitude?

    “Uthungan” has said “Ms. Manori Muthttuwegama submitted it in conformity with the views and comments expressed by the members of the public who were interviewed.” These may not necessarily be the views of ALL Sri Lankans. Most Tamils would have held these views, here expressed by the daughter of Colvin R. de Silva, the widow of Sarath Muttetuwegama. All these were people who were committed to non-racist policies, and ultimately to Justice.

    We have to get on to a higher plane than just giving in to majority opinion. It may be that with an amoral guy like Trump being POTUS and cosying up with Putin, this will be the new World Order, but if we imagine that we can resolve issues so easily, we, Sinhalese, will ultimately have to pay for what is now proposed some day. What is convenient is NOT what is best. I keep telling Tamils not to seek vengeance, but that is because I feel that this government will do what is right.

    CBK’s words suggest otherwise. Yes, it is time she retired.

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      My dear Sinhala man. What is the difference between a ,
      ‘Sinhala Man, Demala Man or English man’?. I think you should change your name and become an independent piece of equipment made of ‘Sathara Maha Daathus’.Please do not take this as a criticism.

      The information I wanted to convey was, the Bandaranayakas’ did not like the ‘Mutthetuwagamas’ any way. Dig into the ‘political rivalaries’ in the past and find out what happened to Sarath Mutthettuwegama in the 70s’.

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        Dear “anonymous”,

        Yes, I’m aware of the paradox, and I don’t take your pointing it out as a criticism. I adopted the name so as to make people from my own background to re-think their positions and not come out with knee-jerk reactions. This doesn’t mean that I think myself to be on a superior plane. We all grope for the truth.

        I was also trying to tell the Tamils (and now the Muslims) that there are many of us Sinhalese who are concerned about the dilemmas that we are faced with. At first I was taken to be a Tamil masquerading as a Sinhalese. That stage is now over. The problem is a huge one to solving which I can contribute only a little.

        Sarath Mutthettuwegama’s 1986 death was, I believe, the result of a genuine motor accident. It is relatively easy for readers to dig into what has been posted on the Internet, but another paradox is that the easier it becomes, the lazier we are. And I may not have the time.

        Also, I may not have the time.

        One way or another, why not tell us more? The issues here could be very important.

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    Wonder to whom , the Whiskey Madam is pointing the rude Finger?

    Is it Suren, PM Rudran, Mr Mangalan or is it her own cousin Batalanda Ranil?.t

    Because Mahinde told us the inhabitans all along, that the Srilankan Armed Forces didn’t do War Crimes.

    They only liberated the Sinhala Buddhist and Sinhala Catholic Nation from Tamil Terrorists.

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      she is pointing finger at her head.

      It looks she is thinking about shooting herself – LTTE Style.

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        No burning herself alive – Monk style

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    Yes, Madam, it’s great, we are with you, 100%, to the T. All suffered, opening up olds wounds wouldn’t solve anything but bring misery to all.

    All religion preach mercy, love, peace, kindness and compassion. Lets forgive and forget, and think and work for the good future.

    The great Nelson Mandela never took revenge from those who kept him in solitary confinement for nearly thirty years in the middle of the sea, and harmed and killed millions of his people. But upon the end of apartheid, he embraced his enemy, and invited them to be his partner in the government. That’s what today South Africa is a great country.

    Abraham Lincoln after the civil war, never punished the 13 southern states which went to war with him. That’s what America is a great country to day.

    Martin Luther King never harmed the whites for ill treating the his blacks negro people but he had a dream for the US to have a black president, and it happened not in his lifetime but later.

    Gandhi never went take a score from the British for all their atrocities to the Indian, that’s what India is a great country today.

    For giving Japan for it’s war atrocities propelled it to be a great country.

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      Nelson Mandela or Gandhi never took revenge because they got what they wanted. Give what Tamils want, and I am sure they will do the same.

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        LOL are you comparing you terrorist supporters with the likes of Nelson and Gandhi…it is amusing.
        You are not of that caliber just some terror supporting, civilian killing, false history maniacs who loved a cowardly terrorist.

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          Please do not distort truth. Tamil demand for justice precedes by several years the birth of LTTE. If Srilanka government was fair in settling the Tamil grievances, there would not have been an LTTE. Tamils tired negotiations and when it failed tried peaceful methods and when that too failed and government imposed more discriminatory practices, that some section of Tamils decided to take to arms to achieve it. Now that too has failed and we are back to square one. Tamil demand for justice will never die just because Sinhalese are not willing to recognize them. At present terrorism in Srilanka is being practiced by Sinhalese, and time has come to save Tamils.

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            There are NO tamil grievences but aspirations. And guess what that aspirations made them demand eelam in 1922 that was 26 years before Sri Lanka gained independance…

            :) so tamils’ demand for eelam has nothing to do with their so called discrimination. I am very eager to look into the root causes of the so called ethnic conflict and more i research more i find how wrong tamil claims are

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        Dr GS
        You know next to nothing about Tamils.

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    Dear readers and participants,
    Sri Lanka as usual is again taken round and round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush. After all CBK came along once again at the convenient time not just to go empty handed. When MR can take the giant share, why can’t she, the predecessor do the same. Now after 70 years of taking Sri Lanka round and round the mulberry bush mainly by her own family members, how can she allow MR to get away with more loot than her? Unless she wins MR over the loot there is no reconciliation, there is no worry about what is ONUR for, or what is reported by Manori Muththuwegame, or what the international community expects the new Governance to abide with international law in the treatment of war victms, or who cares for anything else? Partition the Country, sell to foreign Countries, get her share of the loot and get away once more.

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    End of the day you cannot trust any Sinhala politicians .

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    She is just continuing the racist mess her father created. You can dress up in any way but a racist criminal is a racist criminal.

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      just like a person dressed as Burt

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    When the so called Super Powers kill millions of civilians on the pretext of eradicating Terrorism, the UN and other affiliated Institutions are deaf, dumb and blind. At the same time when Sri Lanka Erased a ruthless Terrorist outfit that killed thousands of unarmed civilians comprising of men, women, children and religious Leaders , the Jokers are talking about War Crimes. The Sri Lankan Government should pay no attention to such Jokers and do what is best for the Country. The minorities can live in Sri Lanka peacefully, but certainly not at the expense of the Majority Sinhalese. If the Government does not pay attention, the citizens should show them how they feel.

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    These politicians promise everything to get the Tamil and others votes and once got the power forget everything and continue the same as before. We have only changed pillows for over headache. Unless we change the political system nothing will cascade to the people and only the politicians continue to loot the country.

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    doctor trump has given her magical fills to cure her mental ailment. it seems.War was fought and peace restored.it was not a normal conventional war. but crimes, crimes and crimes on the part of terrorists.Nobody quelled such criminal acts previously to set standards.As such talking on war crimes in a situation like that is a bullshit.That treatment given might cured her and was able to stand on her own feet.it seems

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    “The Sri Lankan Government should pay no attention to such Jokers and do what is best for the Country.”

    This sounds good on paper but beggars cannot be choosers. Sri Lanka has done nothing because it is the right thing to do. It has only acted so it could carry the begging bowl around.

    May be this is the Buddhist culture, learnt from what the monks do.

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    “The Sri Lankan Government should pay no attention to such Jokers and do what is best for the Country.”

    This sounds good on paper but beggars cannot be choosers. Sri Lanka has done nothing because it is the right thing to do. It has only acted so it could carry the begging bowl around.

    May be this is the Buddhist culture, learnt from what the monks do practically live off the people and then turn around and screw the same people.

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    There won’t be a necessity to have courts to probe war crimes – CBK.

    CBK slaps on face of Sampanthan and Sumanthiran those who have trust on her.

    And she said that “They have no right to comment in that manner. The committee was entrusted to obtain the views of the public and submit its report to the government. That was the responsibility of the committee. Their own ideas too had been incorporated in the report,”

    Actually what she is trying to say? The Consultation Task Force (CTF) appointed by Prime Minister Ranil Wikeramasinga then the CTF appointed a team called as ZTF in every district in the North and East. In fact this is not a report of CTF. This is a collective voice of victims in this country. CBK trying to defend his party not defend the victims those who are still crying for their sons, daughters, husbands and relatives.
    Mark shelter quoted Erik words in his book – To End a Civil War recently published. Erik said CBK thought ‘Ranil is a Gay, not a real man’. I think she may thought the CTF is not appointed by a real man?

    In the Tamil perspective, CBK is not a matter. The matter is Sampanthan. What Sampanthan will do? Will he say Kalliarchi will save the Tamils? Kalii is a prime devotional god of Sampanthan. Even today Sampanthan went to Kalli temple and put oil of head of Kali idol. Victims are expecting how Sampanthan is going to react on this stand of CBK.

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    Why such a harsh picture of CBK….. sensationalism … or vindictive vedetta…. will you ever have the courage to post such an uncomplimentary picture/photo of MR. …. media freedom …..

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    To be charitable to Chandrika Kumaratunga, she only says “there would not be any NECESSITY to have courts to probe war crimes” if there is national reconciliation, establish the Office of the Missing persons and urgently bring in a new Constitution. So there is caveat in regard to her statement that there won’t be a necessity to have courts to probe war crimes. This is a far crying from saying that there won’t be any war crimes per se. It is predicated on certain conditions being fulfilled. All said and done Chandrika Kumaratunga is a progressive leader (least communal) compared to MR, Ranil and Sirisena.

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    sach,

    Take it from me buddy, carrying hate and vengeance in one’s heart and mind would poison and kill him. We got to stop this eye for eye, tooth for tooth thing for that wouldn’t bring any good for anyone. Do you guess that we are going to live for ever, all are born to die, and life is short in this planet. Hence, why doesn’t we solve all these issues, and lead a good life like rest of the planet. All the people deserve good and fantastic life before they close their eyes for good. Let’s have big hearts for the sake of everyone, and that would make our lives bright and better.

    All suffered, at least the next, and the generations to come should lead a good life. It’s not taking side with one community but about the entire people of the country.

    What sort of human beings are we to let it go forever like this, all should end, and we all should do our utmost best to create better lives for all instead of hopelessness and miseries.

    Buddy, it’s easy for you and me to stay in our comfort zones, and be a keyboard warrior but think of all those poor and innocent Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim men, women and children who are undergoing immense hardship and suffering due this god damn conflict. Years in makeshift camps, without any hope and signs for better life. When I think of it, my heart bleeds and tears are pouring from eyes. At times, I questioned myself and asked – What kind of human being are we to let our fellow beings to go through all these, and it’s none of their fault, and the leaders are playing football with it for their survival.

    This lady unlike others very determined and bold so lets all of us give her a big hand, and help her to finish the task. Peacemaking is not an easy task, but it takes lot of determination, courage and hard work.

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    Chandrika may have been briefed that war crimes and crimes against humanity may find her and her “General ” uncle answerable if that tribunal decide to explore where impunity started that finally led to massacre of civilians and usurrendered combatants.

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      NE
      This my be oversimplifying the issue a little.

      The way War Crimes Probe entered political discussion was itself problematic.

      The Tamil leadership talked too much on this matter, which was not their idea but a US-initiated move to control MR. The West cannot let it go, especially with the return of MR a possibility.

      It is broadly seen as a challenge to ethnic pride by many Sinhalese, especially foreign involvement. That is reality. No effort was made to persuade the majority or a significant section of the Sinhalese that it is needed for stability and progress. But when emphasis is on punishment people suspect revenge.

      The Tamil leadership started with a statement of distrust of Sinhalese. It never considered the prospect of a panel of judges or commissioners who are acceptable to all sections of the population. If such a panel is impossible, no meaningful inquiry is possible. Has any Tamil leader considered that prospect? No.

      Chandrika has very little direct influence in the SLFP. Sirisena is trying to build a base. Survival demands sailing with the current.

      Foreign involvement forced or otherwise will be counterproductive. It was a bad start.

      There is need to compensate all war victims of both state terror and insurgent terror. Let us find ways to do that without hurting sentiments.

      Let us be clear of the purpose of the inquiry. When people who were silent on the killings of 1971 and much bloodier massacres in 1988-89 talk of war crimes, the moral argument is weakened.

      Starting with a healing process leading up to inquiries is feasible; demanding action the other way round is to ask for disaster.

      The choice before Chandrika is between political exile, political suicide and political surrender. Not an enviable position. I would recommend a quiet exit.

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